Fr Marcus: "This feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, it's our birthday. We often think of the Holy Spirit as a personal gift to the individual Christian but more fundamentally the Holy Spirit is first of all a gift to the whole Church and then secondly to all of its members. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church is like a body without life in it, without breath. Just as the principle of life in a human body, the soul helps it to grow and develop organically, to expand and yet remain the same subject, so the Holy Spirit with the Church. The Holy Spirit is called 'the soul of the mystical body' by theologians, the soul of the Church. Think of that first Pentecost - the disciples are a rather dishevelled body, they lack confidence, courage, know-how, zeal. It is the Holy Spirit descending upon them who animates them, vivifies them, makes them living members of the mystical body." Music by the Poor Clare Sisters TMD. Visit Evangelium.co.uk for more about the Evangelium project and Totus2us.com for more great podcasts. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was the motto of Blessed John Paul II to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus 2us.
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